Second-year forward Oskar Sundqvist, who helped the Penguins capture the 2016 Stanley Cup championship in June, headlines Pittsburgh’s roster for the 2016 rookie tournament in London, Ontario.
Sundqvist is one of 24 players (14 forwards; 8 defensemen; 2 goaltenders) that will play in the three-day rookie tournament September 16-18 at Budweiser Gardens. Download the full Penguins tournament roster here.
In addition to the Penguins, the tournament will also feature the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators.
The Penguins begin the tournament by facing the Canadiens on Friday, Sept. 16 at 3:35 p.m. Pittsburgh plays the Senators on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3:35 p.m. The Penguins conclude their weekend on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 4:35 p.m. against the Maple Leafs.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton media relations manager Nick Hart and Michelle Crechiolo from Penguins.nhl.com and @PensInsideScoop will be with the team the entire weekend providing recaps and updates.
Sundqvist, who saw action in two playoff wins for the Penguins during the 2016 postseason run, will be joined by four players who served as ‘Black Ace’ taxi squad members the final two rounds of the playoffs, forwards Josh Archibald, Jean-Sebastien Dea and Dominik Simon, and goaltender Tristan Jarry.
Forward Thomas Di Pauli, who signed with Pittsburgh on August 19, will make his first appearance in a Penguins sweater at the tournament, as will a pair of blueliners, Lukas Bengtsson and Ethan Prow, who signed with Pittsburgh in the spring.
Three Penguins’ draft picks who will be playing their first full professional season this year, forwards Jake Guentzel and Teddy Blueger, and goalie Sean Maguire, will suit up for the first time at the rookie tournament.
A 6-foot-3, 209-pound center, Sundqvist is coming off of his first season in North America, splitting the campaign between Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. He appeared in 18 NHL regular-season games, scoring his first NHL goal shorthanded against the New York Islanders on April 2.
Archibald and Simon both logged their first NHL games in ’15-16, with Simon contributing an assist in his NHL debut on March 13 against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Simon led WBS with 25 goals as a rookie last year, with Archibald establishing professional career highs in goals (9), assists (9) and points (18).
Dea finished his second pro season in ’15-16, reaching the 20-goal mark for the first time, doubling his total from his rookie campaign. Jarry, who dressed as Pittsburgh’s backup goalie for the first two games of the playoffs whenMarc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray were sidelined, won 17 games and posted five shutouts in 33 games as a rookie.
Di Pauli inked a deal with Pittsburgh after becoming a free agent following a four-year career at the University of Notre Dame. He was originally chosen by the Washington Capitals in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center, but became a free agent in August.
Bengtsson and Prow are both righthanded-shooting defensemen. Bengtsson won the Swedish League title with Frolunda this past season, producing 14 points (7G-7A) in 30 games. Prow was a Hobey Baker Award finalist as a senior at St. Cloud State, finishing first among all NCAA defensemen in assists (30) and points (38).
Guentzel joined WBS late in the season after his college campaign wrapped up, and he ended up leading the WBS Penguins in playoff scoring with 14 points (5G-9A) in 10 contests. Blueger appeared in 10 games in both the regular season and playoffs for WBS after completing his senior year at Minnesota State; Maguire made one brief relief appearance for WBS.